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Blog: Twelve Fast Shooting Spree Facts

Hey, kids, here are 12 fast shooting spree facts that you can use to amaze and astound your friends. You’ll be the envy of everyone. Trust me.

Hey, kids, here are 12 fast shooting spree facts that you can use to amaze and astound your friends. You’ll be the envy of everyone. Trust me.

  1. You have to kill at least four people, not including yourself, in one single location for it to qualify as a “mass shooting.”
  2. There have been at least 62 mass shootings in the last 30 years.
  3. There have been seven mass shootings this year (2012).
  4. More than 3/4 of the weapons used in a mass shooting over the last 30 years were bought legally.
  5. No one knows why we call them “mass shootings,” rather than “mass killings,” or “mass slaughter,” but I have my ideas on this.
  6. There are more than 129,817 licensed firearms dealers in the United States: 51,438 retail gun stores, 7,356 pawn shops, and 61,562 “collectors.” The balance are manufacturers and importers of firearms and destructive devices.
  7. There are 20,366 Starbucks in the world.
  8. There are 36,569 grocery stores in the United States and 14,098 McDonalds in the United States.
  9. Half of the mass shootings over the last 30 years involved schools or workplaces.
  10. Except in the cases of Columbine and Westside Middle School, the killings were done by one individual. The vast majority of the time the shooter is a white male.
  11. Mattel has no plans to release “Drive-by Barbie” in time for Christmas.
  12. You should wonder about the people who can legally import a “destructive device” into the United States. That’s equal to importing rice into India.

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Tom Sheltraw January 01, 2013 at 09:46 PM
Dan, Here is the mathematical answer to your question,"How do people get killed by coconuts." Part 1 According to Wikipedia, 54 million tonnes of coconuts were produced in 2009. From this, we know that if each coconut weighs 10 lbs, then roughly 1.0×1010 coconuts were produced. Now, we could quibble about the actual number. Some grow in the wild which might make the actual number larger. Some coconuts are picked instead of falling, so that might make the actual number smaller. You can argue either way, so let’s stick with this figure just to keep the problem relatively simple. There are 6.7×109 people in the world, each of which has about 1.5 ft2 of area that the coconut could land on giving a total area of about 1.0×1010 ft2. According to Wikipedia, the total land area in the world is about 1.5×108 km2. If people are randomly distributed across the land area of Earth, then the probability of being hit by a coconut is equal to the fraction of land area that people take up at any given time. From this, we suspect that each year roughly 6 out of every one million people get bonked by a coconut.
Tom Sheltraw January 01, 2013 at 09:48 PM
Part 2 It’s difficult to say how many people actually get killed by coconuts. From our calculation above and the world population, we can estimate the number of people that get hit by coconuts each year, but not everyone who gets hit from a falling coconut will be killed by it. Assuming all hits were fatal, we could calculate the total number of deaths by multiplying “hits per person” times the “total number of people”, to get (6×10-6 hits per person) × (6.7×109 people) = 40,000 fatal hits. If hits are only fatal 1% of the time, then 400 people will die from coconuts falling. However, this 1% statistic may be off substantially—possibly much more than an order of magnitude—so our estimate is very rough. It’s difficult to tell how many coconut-induced fatalities will occur, but our estimate of “40,000 coconut hits” suggests that the number of deaths could be substantially higher than 150. If this were the case, then coconuts are certainly not out to get you since they kill fewer people than they would by chance. We’ve assumed the following: · Coconuts are 10 lbs on average. · The mass of all the falling coconuts in the world each year is equivalent to the mass of coconuts produced each year. · The probability of a falling coconut hitting a person is equal to the fraction of land area taken up by people. · Only 1% of coconut hits are fatal. Here is the whole story:-) http://diaryofnumbers.blogspot.com/2010/11/death-by-coconut.html?m=1
john hobson January 03, 2013 at 04:39 AM
Not to quibble but you haven't factored in suicide-by-coconut. Those poor lost souls who stand under the tree and shake it.
Dan Avery January 03, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Um, thanks, but I was an English major and numbers, well, confuse me. At least they have ever since I was sitting under this tree and this apparently suicidal, fool Hobson kept shaking it to get the coconuts that were up there.
GenXsurvivor March 11, 2014 at 06:29 PM
Gun Ownership decreased? Dan, I think you should really spend some time and do some objective research with current DROS-request figures (i.e. > 2011). 2012-2013, especially in CA, saw some of the most record-setting numbers since 1993. Also, there's the fact that there has not been any increase in gun violence, but rather, a decrease. The only thing related to gun violence, is the increased media exposure they now receive, in order to shape the opinions of those who they can manipulate through tragedy exploitation. http://www.forbes.com/sites/larrybell/2013/05/14/disarming-realities-as-gun-sales-soar-gun-crimes-plummet/

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